One of the best shows on television right now remains FX’s hit series Sons of Anarchy, which is currently in it’s sixth and second to last season on the air. Series creator Kurt Sutter has stated in the past that his leather jacket take on Shakespeare would last no more than seven season but the through-the-roof ratings for the show has caused Sutter to have second thoughts about ending the show.
To be perfectly clear, Sutter hasn’t confirmed that an eighth season will happen, but while speaking at a recent Academy of Television Arts and Sciences event, Sutter discussed the possibility of an eighth season but did’t really waver in on specific direction on the matter.
There’s so many factors that determine whether a show continues or not. I came up with the initial awareness that if this show was being done in sort of the same production model that The Shield was in – and I knew that The Shield had about seven seasons. And I knew that at that point the show ultimately begins to eat itself and becomes more expensive to make. So I thought if we could get a full run I could tell the story I wanted to tell in seven seasons. And I knew by the end of this season I’d have a sense of whether or not I’d be able to do that, and I still think I can.
But look, I think if I got halfway through this season or at some point next season I felt like I couldn’t finish it, I’d probably be able to have a conversation with the network. [But] I think after seven seasons I don’t know if we can maintain the rhythm and the pace that we’ve done, and I wouldn’t want to extend it and have it become something that it’s not. So my plan is still to finish it out in seven.
The show has a chance to go out on it’s own, which is always the best thing to do. Breaking Bad and Seinfeld stand as two prime examples of shows that could have continued for years but bowed on their own terms.
It sounds like this is what Sutter wants to do but we may end up getting one more season of Sons of Anarchy. At the very least, an extended seventh season is possible but we will have to wait and see what Sutter wants to do.